This waterproof jacket from Regatta is heavy, and quite long in the body, which will suit some more than others, but the arms are just a bit too long. The Isotex fabric is a little stiff to walk in comfortably and the collar, although nice and high, is also too stiff to feel really comfy. In its favour, the hood is a good size. In a storm the Marella is absolutely bombproof. It’s quite a warm jacket, but the pit zips help keep you cool. It also comes with a useful combination of pockets, including a huge one inside that will easily swallow an OS map. The hood also has an excellent wired peak.
Verdict: A tough, heavy-duty waterproof that keeps the rain out well. Not a great fit though and the fabric is on the heavy side, making it better suited to less energetic walking.
Colours: Firebrick, black, ice cube, skyline
Fabric: Isotex 8000 pyramid polyamide
Main features: Detachable hood with volume adjuster, taped seams, pit zips, two zipped lower pockets, hem drawcord, map and security pockets, double storm flap, Velcro adjustable cuffs
Men’s version: No
Contact: 0161 749 1313; www.regatta.com